Jun 08 2020
Federal election day should be made a national holiday.
We must increase voter turnout.
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The implied notion in this argument, is that making federal election day a national holiday would increase voter turnout. What anyone arguing for the motion, assumes that people who fail to participate in their democracy, are failing to do so because of external situations such as lack of time (https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/demo/P20-582.pdf). The belief that somehow making federal election day a holiday would erase these time conflicts, is simply an incorrect assumption as we already see that in Canada, employers are legally obligated to give time off work to allow their workers to vote, which most probably creates the biggest time conflict among the voter populous. The only thing that a national holiday serves to do, is to shut down services such as childcare and banking. Such departments as retail and Hospitals are forced to stay in work, putting an unnecessary strain on them due to the influx of customers and patients, and essentially punishing those working in these services. Take for example, a retail worker. On national election day, they are forced to work at their job, and because of the status of "national election day," most childcare centers are closed, leaving another facet of worry for this humble worker. This is the situation many small businesses and average workers face in the face of yet another holiday, who simply wouldn't be able to pass up the revenue of the date, and bring stress to the workforce.Adding another non-working day to the calendar, won't increase voter turnout, and serves to benefit a portion of the population, while forsaking the others.
Jul 08 2020
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